Most of us like to think that we are familar with robots, some of us may actually have a robot toy or two (or more) or have a Roomba doing our floors while we're out enjoying life. But, even with all of our experience and robot knowledge, can we even begin to guess what robots will be like a couple of generations from now?
The Future Belongs To "Roll-Oh", The Robot
Of course, we would all like to speculate - to offer our own educated opinions of what the robot world of the future will look like. But, before we jump up with our exciting ideas and visions, it might be useful to go back and reflect on what our parents and grandparents thought the future (the future we're living right now) had in store for us.
Thanks to the Internet Archive, like Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine, we have the opportunity to go back and view historical material - text, audio, movies/videos, and other media - from the not too distant past. A good example is the "Leave It To Roll-Oh" film (see link below) that was shown at the New York World's Fair in 1940.
The film was obviously funded by the automotive industry, so there are lots of understandable references to automotive 'robot' applications. Still, it provides a very good understanding of what the popular image of a robot was in the middle of the last century, and how they thought it would evolve. The film, which runs just under 9 minutes, is worth viewing just for the techno-jargon or techno-babble in the first few scenes when the robot technicial is explaining things to the stereotypical housewife.
So - why "robuts"? Simply because that's the way that the film narrator says it. . . .